Jenga block elastic band toy pistols

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 11-28-2010 05:57 PM 6995 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking around for gifts to build for my nephews this Christmas. A friend who is runs told me that someone had requested one of his jenga pistols. He doesn’t have the time to build them and suggested I might make a couple of them. I thought I’d kill (they’re harmless) two birds with one stone. You can buy the plans at

or you can probably figure it out on your own. I just made my first video and uploaded it to YouTube,

The idea is to use the pistol to knock out jenga blocks that are stacked on top of each other. See the other YouTube videos.
Constructed of cherry with some brass bits. The trigger is attached with a peened brass rod. There is a 5/16th spring and dowel used to cock the trigger mounted in the handle. I reinforced the nose piece with a rosewood dowel. This part takes a lot of shock. A fair amount of interesting handwork planing and tweaking the parts.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 06:21 PM

Never seen those before…. To cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 08:54 PM

I started building one of those a couple of years ago. Never did finish it.
You’ve done very well. They look great.

Good for you, and I bet the crowd will love ‘em,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 09:14 PM

never seen anything like it
you did a good job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 10:14 PM

Great work! Cool web page as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 11:56 PM

Those are just plain cool!. I’ll have to wait until my kids get a littel older before I let them have one of those babies. I can envision many more uses for such a device. None of them any good I’m afraid.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 12:28 AM

Very neat.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 01:06 AM

These are super duper.

-- wishIstillhadaclydesdaleinmyfrontyard

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 05:10 PM

These just made my list, thanks!

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#9 posted 12-03-2010 01:17 PM

So cool!
I love these, perhaps this could be a project to build with the boys in the workshop.
Thank you for sharing,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 12-07-2010 07:54 PM

I don’t play Jenga, but I may build a pistol and start. just so I can use it.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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